Torture is a deliberate and systematic dismantling of a person’s identity and humanity through physical or psychological pain and suffering. Torture’s purpose is to destroy a sense of community, eliminate leaders, create a climate of fear and produce a culture of apathy. For a further definition of torture, see the FAQ entry What is torture?
While most of the information on the site is intended for people who are working directly with torture survivors, there is also information on the site that's more accessible to the general public, students doing research, or torture survivors themselves. HealTorture.org is a community website that both supports, and is supported by, people who work in torture treatment centers. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for the site.
We organize information two ways: by type of resource, and by topic. Types of resource include webinars, videos, publications, links, and bibliographies. Topics are found in the main menu bar at the top of the page.
Most of the information on this site is available to everyone without need to log in. Membership gives additional access to a few special resources. HealTorture.org's membership is open to all staff working in programs for torture survivors who are either Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Torture Survivor Program grantees, members of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP), or ORR staff.
The HealTorture.org website is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement. No official endorsement by CVT, ORR, or DHHS for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred.
In June of 2009, working with a project team made up of members from many of the NCB participating partners, the NCB Project launched HealTorture.org. HealTorture.org is designed to serve as a primary portal to information and resources on serving the needs of torture survivors from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Sara Bracewell manages the website (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can use materials from this site in orienting new staff in your programs or in training local community providers and collaborating partners.
HealTorture.org is intended to be a communal resource for participating programs. If you have an upcoming event you would like highlighted on the site, a resource you have found to be valuable, or a promising practice that should be featured, please send an email to email@example.com. Similarly, if there is an area that you would like to see more resources available for, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite you to rate resources from 1 to 5 stars and to write any comments you may have on a particular resource. Active participation in the website will make it more useful. Use the search engine at the top to find content on topics of interest.
New materials are added regularly. Look for notices of new materials through the Heal_Torture_Talk listserv and the quarterly e-newsletter.